Yanks get Sterling effort, top Texas

Posted: Thursday, August 02, 2001

NEW YORK -- The Yankees made sure Sterling Hitchcock (1-0) won in his return to New York, hitting a season-high five homers in the first three innings and holding on to beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 Wednesday night.

Chuck Knoblauch and Paul O'Neill homered in the first, Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter hit two-run homers in the second and Tino Martinez made it 8-1 with a leadoff shot in the third off Rob Bell (4-1).

Mariners 7, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- Bret Boone reached 100 RBIs, Paul Abbott (11-2) won his ninth straight decision and Seattle, despite hitting into a triple play, beat Detroit.

If the Mariners win Thursday, they will have won every road series this season.

Boone, leading the AL in RBIs, made it to 100 for the first time in his career with a single in the ninth inning.

Angels 4, Red Sox 2

BOSTON -- Scott Schoeneweis (8-8) pitched into the eighth inning and Troy Glaus homered to lead charging Anaheim over Boston.

Tim Salmon also homered for the Angels, who have won 11 of 12 road games. Anaheim has won 12 of 16 overall to move within 5 1/2 games of the wild-card leading Red Sox.

Indians 6, Athletics 5

CLEVELAND -- Marty Cordova hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the seventh inning to help Cleveland defeat Oakland.

Cordova lined a 2-1 pitch from Jim Mecir (2-8) to right field with two outs to break a 4-4 tie as the Indians moved 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central.

Blue Jays 3, Twins 1

TORONTO -- Roy Halladay (1-1) pitched eight strong innings to win for the first time in more than a year as Toronto handed Minnesota its fifth straight loss.

The Twins matched their longest losing streak of the season and have dropped 14 of 17. Minnesota entered the game just a half-game behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Orioles 6, Devil Rays 5

BALTIMORE -- Jerry Hairston hit a two-run homer to cap Baltimore's first ninth-inning comeback of the season.

The Orioles, 0-59 when trailing after eight innings before Wednesday, rallied for three runs against Esteban Yan (3-4).

White Sox 7, Royals 6

CHICAGO -- Jose Canseco lived up to a pregame promise he made to four young cancer patients, homering in his first two at-bats as Chicago beat Kansas City.

Canseco, who promised four children before the game that he would homer, has 454 in his career to move past Carl Yastrzemski (452) for 22nd on the all-time list.

Royce Clayton also homered for the White Sox, and Dan Wright (1-0) gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings in his first major league start.

Chris George, making his second major league start, lasted only three innings. George (0-2) gave up five runs -- all on Canseco's two homers -- and six hits.

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